Social Media Newsfeed: Harassment on Twitter | Reuters Kills Comments

Women, Action, and the Media to monitor Twitter for harassment of women. Reuters kills comments on news stories. These stories, and more, in today's Morning Social Media Newsfeed.

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Twitter.Logo_-150x150Twitter Offering New Method for Women to Report Harassment (USA Today)
Twitter announced a partnership with nonprofit advocacy group Women, Action, and the Media (WAM!) last week, which changed Twitter’s policy on online harassment toward women. Jaclyn Friedman, executive director of WAM!, spoke on behalf of the organization, saying it was “thrilled to be working with Twitter” to make the platform a safer place for women. Tech Times Twitter has launched a new tool for people to report abuse on the network and get that issue resolved within 24 hours. WAM will essentially monitor the reports on Twitter and bring them to the social media network. It will also track Twitter’s responses to these reports. Los Angeles Times Twitter’s move comes at a time when national conversation has shifted toward the harassment of women online. Discussions have been fueled by “GamerGate” — an ongoing controversy that has included death threats, as well as threats of rape and violence against women who are vocal about the perceived sexism in mainstream video games.

Reuters Kills Comment Sections (SocialTimes)
Friday in an editor’s note Reuters announced that it is ending comments on news stories because we all talk about the news on Facebook and Twitter anyway. Dan Colarusso writes: “We value conversation about the news, but the idea of comments on a website must give way to new realities of behavior in the marketplace. The best place for this conversation is where it is open to the largest number of participants possible.”

SoundCloud’s ‘Wall of Sound’ Commemorates the Fall of the Berlin Wall 25 Years Ago (The Next Web)
Sunday was 25 years since the Berlin Wall dividing East and West Germany was torn down. To commemorate the fall, SoundCloud is partnering with Grey Advertising to launch The Berlin Wall of Sound, an acoustic art project meant to give you a soundscape representing life around the wall.

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Twitter’s Former Operating Chief Ali Rowghani Lands at Y Combinator (The Wall Street Journal/Digits)
Twitter’s former operating chief has a new job five months after his sudden resignation. Ali Rowghani has joined Y-Combinator as a part-time partner, according to a blog post published by the startup incubator.

Six Holiday Season Tips for Facebook Marketers from Social Media Expert Mari Smith (AllFacebook)
The holiday shopping season is about to heat up, and social media expert Mari Smith shared some tips for how marketers on Facebook can benefit with the Facebook for Business page.

Facebook is Giving You More Control Over Your News Feed (Mashable)
Facebook is giving you more ways to tweak what you see in your News Feed. The social network unveiled a new settings menu and customization options for News Feed that allows users to personalize the types of content they see.

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Use Marketing Personas to Supercharge Your Twitter Content (AllTwitter)
Using a mainstay of traditional marketing, the buyer or marketing persona, you can craft a vision of not just your target audience, but the specific person you want to reach on Twitter. Here’s how.

This Tumblr Celebrates the Art in the Background of Our Favorite Movies (The Verge)
It’s awful easy to forget just how much work goes into making a film — especially if you don’t stick around for the credits. But one professional photographer named Martin Cole is shining light on at least one overlooked role with his Tumblr “Art in Film.”

How Did Wallenda’s Skyscraper Stunt Compare to His Grand Canyon Walk on Twitter? (LostRemote)
Nik Wallenda was the talk of Twitter Sunday night – but how did his Chicago walk fare compare to his walk across the Grand Canyon last summer? According to our analytics partner Canvs, which measures Twitter sentiment, 41,467 out of the 153,086 tweets about “Skyscraper Live” – which has its own microsite – were emotional reactions. Twenty-seven percent of the emotional reactions included the word “love,” and 24 percent included “crazy.”

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